Preparing For Laser Hair Removal
A lower-fluence 1,064-nm laser is ideal for treating pseudofolliculitis barbae, or unwanted body hair. This laser has the added benefit of reducing the occurrence of acne. Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a common occurrence after laser hair removal. Preoperative preparation is essential for the success of this treatment. A thorough history and physical examination are required. Patients must understand the risks and benefits of the treatment, and their expectations should be clearly communicated to their surgeon before the procedure can begin.
Depending on the skin and hair color, certain colors of laser treatments may not work as well on darker skin. However, the results of laser hair removal are longer-lasting than with plucking, tweezing, and waxing. Patients should choose an experienced healthcare provider for laser hair removal to minimize the risks of scarring, skin rashes, and discoloration. Patients must also be free of infections, open wounds, or tan.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, patients should be advised to use broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Also, before undergoing laser treatment, patients should avoid tanning as it may affect the pigmentation of the treated areas. However, tanning beds do not produce the same side effects as laser treatments. If you have darker skin, it is best to consult with your doctor regarding skin bleaching creams.
Depending on the size of the area being treated, laser hair removal takes between a half hour and an hour. While the procedure is quick and painless, it may be associated with some redness and swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, apply a cold compress on the affected area to minimize discomfort and swelling. After the procedure, you should avoid the sun, tanning beds, and exercise, as the treatment can leave your skin irritated.
Patients with dark skin or those with a hormonal imbalance are eligible for laser hair removal, as long as the hair is dark enough and does not contain any pigment. The best results will be obtained after three or four treatments, although it may take several sessions to achieve the desired results. It is important to note that you may need touch-up treatments if you’re unhappy with the results. It is important to note that you must consult with a specialist to decide if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal.
To begin laser hair removal, the doctor will cleanse the area to be treated. If the treatment area is sensitive, numbing gel is sometimes applied beforehand. The laser uses high-energy light pulses to damage the hair follicles. This damages the hair follicles, preventing new growth. If you’re getting treatment for a large area, it may take several treatments. After the initial treatment, you’ll be advised to visit the doctor regularly for additional treatments, depending on the location and skin color.
Some side effects of laser hair removal may be mild or uncomfortable, but are generally mild and rarely serious. The underlying causes are not always known. In a few cases, the laser treatment may cause temporary skin discoloration, burning, or swelling around the hair follicle. However, these symptoms should disappear after two to three days. The worst possible outcome is that you will experience an infection or scarring. A skin-bleaching agent may also be necessary before laser hair removal, depending on the type of laser used.